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F. R- Bust writes that the ' two chief contributing causes of " the partial failure' of I the Arbitration Act are (1) the '.excessive j incrcaso in the price of commodities, 5 and (2) the constant unrest among labour and want, of finality in industrial awards. ' He suggests a conference of tho most levelheaded men on both?sides, "to arrange, the lowest payable price at which the necessaries of life can be supplied." He thinks tho repeal of. tho Arbitration Act would- be a calamity. v . " A. Sanford. writing with reference -to the inquisitorial demand from the Government Statistician's Department, says':—" I trust that the whole of our political, socialistic, and Labour societies" will see that this dangerous power is taken from any -party by repealing this evil thing. It does not personally' affect me,-as lam prepared to show my financial position'to all tho world, and am ready for Socialism— all other men join in the commonwealth I object to giving one class of men information that ■will enable them to crush others and become rich without rendering any honest service to society." G. W. 7'atesi (Coromandel), writing on universal military training, says:—"When tho 'Act was passed I «aid, if the Government bad the backbone (which I very much doubted myself) to carry it .out with tho same 'gusto' that it carried out the labour laws and Arbitration Court awards . (more especially where employers are concerned), it would be a good thing for tho Dominion. But I see I was right as to the ' backbone.' X wonder what that grand old soldier Lord Roberts will think of the situation as it now is,' after having exhausted himself in giving us congratulations arid kudos, and holding us up as an example to the Empire." . ' "

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CORRESPONDENCE IN BRIEF., New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14815, 19 October 1911

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CORRESPONDENCE IN BRIEF. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14815, 19 October 1911

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